Florida and LSU will win their respective divisions this year, according to a poll of SEC baseball coaches in advance of the 2017 season.
The poll was announced Thursday, along with preseason all-SEC teams.
To win the overall SEC championship, Florida and LSU both garnered six votes apiece from the league’s 14 coaches, with South Carolina getting the other two.
Since 1996, the SEC has named a regular season champion as well as an SEC tournament champion.
In the Eastern Division, Florida earned 10 first-place votes and South Carolina got four. LSU got 13 first-place votes in the Western Division and Texas A&M got one.
The division breakdowns were as follows:
1. Florida (10) – 70
2. South Carolina (4) – 61
3. Vanderbilt – 52
T4. Georgia – 29
T4. Kentucky – 29
6. Tennessee – 20
7. Missouri – 12
1. LSU (13) – 72
2. Texas A&M (1) – 55
3. Ole Miss – 51
4. Mississippi State – 36
5. Arkansas – 27
T6. Alabama – 16
T6. Auburn – 16
Last season, South Carolina won the East and Mississippi State won the West.
As for the teams, nine of the 14 teams were represented on All-SEC preseason teams with Florida getting six selections. LSU and Vanderbilt each garnered four selections, while Mississippi State and South Carolina had two. The Gators also claimed an SEC-best five first-team accolades.
|OF||Jake Mangum||Mississippi State|
|RP||Tyler Johnson||South Carolina|
|2B||Tate Blackman||Ole Miss|
|3B||Colby Bortles||Ole Miss|
|OF||Brent Rooker||Mississippi State|
|DH/UTL||Alex Destino||South Carolina|
The regular season for SEC teams begins Feb. 17, with conference play opening March 17.